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eNewsletter - Issue 90 - October 2016

NCAPOP funding update and CASC survey


On 30 August Sir Bruce Keogh (NHS Medical Director) wrote to all NHS Trusts to inform them of important changes to the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP) funding arrangements for 2016-17. The letter, entitled 'Improving Quality and Evidence through National Clinical Audits' is available here and outlines a significant change in subscription charges paid by Trusts to contribute to the NCAPOP and states 'instead of linking charges to participation in specific audit projects, a standard charge of £10,000 + VAT per annum will be made to all NHS Trusts'. The letter goes on to confirm that as in previous years the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) will be collecting subscriptions from Trusts. CASC have created a short online survey to gauge reaction to this important change and this takes no longer than five minutes to complete. To take part in the survey, please click here.

NAGCAE disbanded


In September 2016 news reached CASC that NHS England have taken the decision to disband with immediate effect the National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit and Enquiries (NAGCAE). Established in 2008, NAGCAE were set up to oversee the reinvigoration of local and national clinical audit and provide expert independent advice to the Department of Health. NAGCAE have been chaired by Professor Nick Black (pictured) and over the years membership has included well known clinical audit professionals such as: Martin Ferris, Katherine Birch and Janette Mills. The announcement to disband NAGCAE was initially made via Twitter but NHS England have now published a statement providing the reasoning behind their decision, plus future plans for gaining clinical audit advice. To read the statement, click here.

CASC article published in Nursing Times


We are delighted to announce that our joint article written with Claire Rashid and Rachel Bradley (from Leicestershire Partnership Trust) has been published in the Nursing Times. Entitled ‘Using clinical audit to reflect and revalidate’ the article focuses on the ways nurses can participate in clinical audit, how clinical audit can be used for reflection within revalidation and how nurses can reflect on conferences they attend. The article includes information in relation to specific Leicestershire Partnership Trust clinical audit events and the Trust’s established and ongoing relationship with CASC to allow nurses to study for and conduct local audits via the accredited distance-learning course. To read the article, click here.

Get ready for Clinical Audit Awareness Week


HQIP have announced that Clinical Audit Awareness Week (CAAW) will take place from 22 to 30 November. The week will encompass a number of central events including the Patient First conference (taking place in London on 22 and 23 November) and the Junior Doctor Finals Day (taking place in Leicester on 30 November). In addition, local clinical audit teams are being encouraged to organise events to highlight the growing importance of clinical audit. As ever, CASC will be taking part in CAAW and we are in the process of planning what support and materials we will provide for the clinical audit community.

Junior Doctor Finals Day update


Plans for the Junior Doctor Finals Day taking in Leicester on 30 November are now taking shape. All junior doctor’s that kindly submitted their entries have now been informed of the outcome of their submission with those shortlisted invited to showcase their work in the poster competitions. In addition, we can confirm a number of keynote speakers for the event, including Professor Danny Keenan (HQIP Medical Director), Carl Walker (Chairman of NQICAN) and James Hilton (from Art of Brilliance). We can also confirm speakers from NICE, BMJ Quality and previous award winners. Full details for the speaker line-up will be available very soon. The event is open to all those working in clinical audit, please contact us for more details.

Sign up for the clinical audit and QI RCT


The brilliant Sam McIntyre (formerly of HQIP and now part of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Audit Team) has set up the first-ever Randomised Coffee Trial (RCT) for clinical audit and quality improvement professionals. This event will be part of NHS Change Day taking place on 19 October. The purpose of the RCT is to link those working in the field and give them the opportunity to discuss current issues and share ideas. All those who sign up for the RCT will be randomly matched and encouraged to meet in person, or via a telephone call or even a Twitter chat. Further details of this innovative approach to getting members of the clinical audit community together are available here.

New CASC course dates released


CASC are delighted to announce a series of accredited training courses that will be held in Leicester at the start of 2017. Advanced Clinical Audit will take place on 17 January with the Train the Trainer in Clinical Audit course to be held on 18 January. We are also offering our Root Cause Analysis one-day course on 19 January. Discounts are available for multiple bookings. In addition, all of our courses can be delivered onsite, thus saving travel time and costs for staff. If you require any further details, please contact us.

Brief round-up from last ever NAGCAE minutes


The last ever NAGCAE meeting was held in London on 8 June 2016. The key points were: 1. NHS England announced that they are seeking to create a sustainable programme of national clinical audits with existing funding and if new topics are to be adopted funding for some of the existing topics needs to be released by transferring them to subscription funding from Trusts, 2. Concerns about public understanding and agreement in relation to patient identifiable data continued to be expressed by NAGCAE and 3. New guidance on detection and management of outliers has been written and critiqued by NAGCAE members. To read the full minutes, click here.

NQICAN minutes from June now online


The latest minutes from the National Quality Improvement and Clinical Audit Network (NQICAN) are now available. The comprehensive minutes stretch to 14 pages and highlights include: discussion on supporting junior doctors in training with clinical audit and QI processes, plans to prepare an NQICAN media presence paper, review of NQICAN Twitter statistics, review of NQICAN funding and the implications for regional networks, plans to scope possibility of NQICAN managing own finances, etc. The minutes also include useful updates given to NQICAN by HQIP, NHS England and various national audits. To read the minutes, click here.

Request your CASC information pack


CASC have developed a series of promotional materials that provides you with more details of the work that we support. The electronic pack includes information relating to: Introducing CASC, training and accreditation, support and consultancy, sharing best practice, event management and CASC case studies. The materials provide a great overview of how we work with healthcare professionals to improve the care that they deliver and there are a number of excellent case studies that show how our work has enabled organisations and teams to collaborate with us on ventures that have improved care, assured best practice and saved money. If you would like to receive your electronic copy then please email us via info@clinicalauditsupport.com

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